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Study: Israel Links Migraines with Heart Defect
An Israeli study shows that correction of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) relieves the
intensity and frequency of migraines. Present in 4 out of 100,000 people, ASD is a hole in
the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart. One of the many side effects of ASD
is migraines, with over 50% of ASD sufferers also regularly experiencing migraines.
Researchers at the Rabin Medical Center analyzed the frequency and clinical features of
migraines in 72 ASD patients who underwent ASD repair. Of these, 70% of those with
migraines improved after the ASD closure.
U.S. Criticizes Possible Hamas Role in Palestinian Government
By VOA News
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat has indicated he might include the militant Islamic
group Hamas in a government for the Gaza Strip, if and when, Israel withdraws from the
territory. The State Department has voiced opposition to such a role for Hamas, but the
group's popularity makes it difficult for Arafat to ignore.
Hamas has claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed hundreds of Israelis in
the past three and a half years of violence, and many more before that. Israel and the
United States designate Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Ghazi Hamad is editor in chief of the Hamas-linked Al-Ressala weekly. Speaking with VOA
in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, he denied that accusation. "We are not fighting
against Britain, against the Americans or against Italians or against anyone. We just
focus on the occupation," Hamad said. "In general, we are the victims of the occupation
and we have the right to defend against the occupation.
"In general, no one agrees for this kind of war to attack civilians. I ask you a
question, how many Palestinian civilians were killed during this Intifada? Daily
Palestinians are killed, daily. So, sometimes we feel the war in the heart of our cities,
our villages our refugee camps and we are suffering ... and the Israelis in Israeli
cities, in Tel Aviv, in Jaffa, they are living in prosperity, they are traveling abroad,
they are eating, drinking. They never feel that there are some people who are suffering
... Sometimes the Palestinians feel that we have to move this war in the Israeli street in
order that they have to feel the pain. They have to exert pressure on their government
[that] 'you have to stop.' "
Israel does feel pressure to act and says it has every right to track down and kill
those responsible for or planning to carry out attacks against Israelis. More than 3,000
Palestinians and about 1,000 Israelis have been killed in the current Intifada, or
uprising. Most have been civilians.
Hamas is an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement. It was formed in the late
1980's during the first Palestinian Intifada. The organization rejects compromise with
Israel, including a two-state solution. It does not recognize Israel's right to exist and
remains opposed to the Oslo Peace Accords, signed between Israel and the Palestinians in
For years, Hamas was a fringe organization, popular mainly for its social and
educational work, especially in poor neighborhoods. But, that has changed. The most recent
Palestinian public opinion poll indicates Hamas has the support of 30 percent of the
Palestinian population in Gaza and the West Bank. It is increasingly seen as a rival to
Yasir Arafat's mainstream Fatah movement.
Imad Falouji was once a leading member of Hamas, but in recent years he has been a
member of the Palestinian legislature and an advisor to Arafat. He says Hamas' growing
stature is due in large part to the failure of the Oslo peace accords and the failure of
the Palestinian Authority to deliver on the benefits of peace.
"If the [Palestinian] Authority succeeded in these 10 years and the Palestinians feel
[felt] the results of peace, you would see Hamas now a small party - if Yasir Arafat
succeeded and he gave the Palestinians hope for the future. But, when Yasir Arafat failed,
when the Palestinian Authority failed, of course you see Hamas the biggest party for the
people now. Not because Hamas [is] strong, but because the PA [Palestinian Authority]
The United States and Israel have repeatedly demanded that the Palestinian Authority
crack down and dismantle what they call terror organizations, such as Hamas. It is one of
the stipulations of the internationally backed "Road Map" peace plan, which remains
stalled. But, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has insisted on the need to talk
with these groups - to bring them into the fold rather than risk igniting a civil war.
Talks have been under way among the various factions on that issue, and some Hamas
officials are saying they could join the Palestinian Authority if there is real power
sharing, but not just for a symbolic role.
Gadhafi's Son: Libyan Jews Entitled to Compensation
Libyan Jews will be able to receive compensation for property confiscated when they
left the country, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi told the Egyptian weekly
Al-Ahram Al-Arabi. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi also invited Libyan Jews to return, saying Libya
is "their country and their original homeland."
Gadhafi said this would help solve the Palestinian problem, as the returning Libyan
Jews could leave their homes to the Palestinians. Gadhafi explained that Libya does not
intend to negotiate with Israel, as it is not in conflict with Libya and has not conquered
Libyan territory. Libya is therefore indifferent to the Middle East peace process.
"From the start we did not want to get into the stew of the Middle East," Gadhafi said.
"Until recently we were in conflict with Israel, but things have changed. The Palestinians
to whom we gave support, weapons and military equipment refused this assistance and began
to ask for money to build industrial projects and civil infrastructure."
"Besides, conflict countries like Egypt, Jordan, and to a certain extent Syria,
negotiated with Israel and even signed peace agreements while Libya, which is not a
conflict country, continued to pay the bill. That is, they benefited and we continued to
pay a price. We have, therefore, decided to completely distance ourselves from the Middle
East and to turn to Africa. If interested parties have decided to cease the war against
Israel, why should we go on with it? Should we be more righteous than the Pope?"
In an interview last month, Saif Gadhafi praised Israel for its democracy, saying that
unlike Arab countries, sons do not tend to succeed their fathers in power in Israel. "We
don't put the appropriate person in the right place, but Israel is a democratic country,''
he told Al-Jazeera television station.
Gadhafi also called on Arab states to support President George W. Bush's campaign to
promote democracy in the Middle East.
"Instead of shouting and criticizing the American initiative, you have to bring democracy
to your countries, and then there will be no need to fear America or your people. The
Arabs should either change or change will be imposed on them from outside."
Future Shock: Israel Prepares Itself for the 'Big One'
By Christian Broadcasting Network (Commentary)
The Geophysical Institute predicts there will be another earthquake in Israel during
the next 50 years.
Two months after the February earthquake in Israel, a recent report released by the
Israel Antiquities Authority reveals structural damage has occurred to the eastern wall of
Jerusalem's Temple Mount. The report indicates new cracks and movements were discovered
after the earthquake, and authorities are concerned that parts of the wall could collapse
onto the underground support of the Mount, the location of Solomon's Stables. This is
where Islamic authorities in the late 1990s, without concern for Jewish antiquities at the
site, built the largest mosque in the country that can now accommodate 30,000 Muslim
When the earthquake hit Israel on Feb. 11, citizens experienced a quake measuring 5.0
on the Richter scale. At the time, reports indicated that a building in the northern town
of Akko and several buildings in Tel Aviv were damaged, as well as the ceiling above the
speaker platform in the Knesset, which was cracked. No major injuries were reported. The
earthquake shook most of Israel from the south to the north of the country. Its epicenter
was at the Dead Sea.
Gene and Mary Lois Little, Christian Directors of the House of Peace in Jerusalem, were
conducting a worship meeting in their home when the earthquake occurred, a few minutes
after 10 a.m. About 35 people were in the house, and the worship leader read Psalm 99:1-2,
which declares a time when the people tremble and the earth shakes.
"I was sitting in the kitchen worshipping the Lord," said Mary Lois Little. "And, just
as he said it, the earthquake hit, and the house swayed to the right, left and right
again. I thought God had arrived! The people were shouting. They were shocked but we
started rejoicing. God manifested what we read."
Alex Beck, a geologist at the Geophysical Institute of Israel, told CBN News that any
place where an earthquake has occurred, more can be expected in the future. "There are
several areas around the world, and one of them is here in Israel. And, we're quite sure
earthquakes are going to occur here due to geological plate tectonics - a kind of theory
that was accepted years ago."
Beck says the theory claims that there is movement of continental plates, which
actually shaped the continents around the world. An area of Israel where future
earthquakes are expected to strike is on the Syrian-African fault plain that goes from
Eilat through the Arava desert, and the Jordan Valley up to Mt. Hermon in the north of
The fault lines are over a large area. They start in Africa and go up to Turkey. All
the epicenters are concentrated in this topographical area. "An epicenter is the place
where you have the emission of the energy of the earthquake. We know the area and we can
tell that somewhere in the future an earthquake will occur," said Beck. "Taking into
account the probability, we have a code, and through this code we are considering the
probability of an earthquake occurring."
The Geophysical Institute predicts there will be another earthquake in Israel during
the next 50 years. Within the next 500 years, there will be at least one major earthquake
with a large magnitude on the Richter scale. According to Beck, there are standards for
the construction of buildings based on the codes. "We are planning our buildings in Israel
on all the structures so they will be ready, and they will be built in certain parameters,
which will decrease the amount of hazard."
On Feb. 11, even though the quake was considered minor on the Richter scale, for some
Israelis it was the first time they had ever felt such a strong shaking. This caused a
great deal of anxiety, especially for those living in tall buildings. CBN News asked Beck
how the Geophysical Institute registers the seismic activity and knows when a major
earthquake is striking the land.
"On the Richter scale, you are going from step to step, and you multiply the energy by
30. Between five and seven, you increase the energy by 900," he said. "Usually, we are
speaking about seven as a major earthquake -- one that will introduce a lot of hazard and
people will be hurt."
Those Israelis who felt the quake the strongest were jolted out of their seats and
complained of swaying buildings or moving furniture. Others walking on the street or
driving in cars weren't aware that an earthquake had taken place.
Beck said it all depends on where a person is standing or sitting when the earthquake
happens. "Where you are at the time of the earthquake and what kind of building you are in
will depend on how you feel the impact. The earthquake is only one wave that comes to the
area...seismic waves. They will change by the different geology at the surface, and by the
building you are in at that moment; and, they will change by the floor."
Beck explained that a car has springs and the springs get all the influence of the
earthquake. "You are in motion, and you are sitting on the seat of the car, and you have
dumpers (dumping the affect of the seismic waves)." He warned it is not good if you are on
a bridge when the earthquake occurs. He claimed that if you are in a home or office
building, the safest thing to do is run outdoors.
The Geophysical Institute of Israel monitors earthquakes all over the world, 24 hours a
day. Data comes through the Amos satellite. The quake that occurred in February happened
in the morning, at a time when most of the geophysicists were in the building working.
"However, it can happen at nighttime, but we have a routine, and people will come into the
office and analyze the data, and transfer it to all the organizations involved. We figure
out where the major impact is," said Beck.
Israel's Geophysical Institute monitors earthquakes in Israel, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria,
Jordan and other countries in the Middle East. They measure the density of epicenters.
There have been more earthquakes seen in the Gulf of Eilat because of the activity of the
plate tectonics. There's movement in the plate near the Sinai and in the plate that exists
in the Jordan-Saudi Arabia area.
Beck explained the movement in the Gulf of Eilat. "It is still active and the Gulf of
Eilat is opening, so you can see the cluster of the epicenter. There's a growing apart
from one another - the coast and the opening; the Gulf of Eilat and the Jordan-Saudi
Beck and the team of geophysicists he works with have been able to gain a lot of data
from this activity by taking aerial photos, and they are pinpointing the specific elements
of the tectonic plates that are moving apart. In 1995, there was an earthquake that
occurred in a small village 70 km (almost 44 miles) south of Eilat. There were 10,000
aftershocks that took place, which were felt throughout Israel.
Beck and others who study earthquakes in this region cannot predict when the next one
will occur. But, they say, it is important that construction in Israel is up to code, and
that Israelis do their best to prepare for the big one that will one day hit the land.
In the (New Testament) book of Matthew, Chapter 25:7-8, Scripture points out the kind
of events in the last days that will shake the earth: "For nation will rise against
nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And, there will be famines, pestilences, and
earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."
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